Paul Merson actually thought Newcastle played well at The Emirates.

Arsenal may have been the better team overall but were lucky to get away with a 1-0 win in the end, as United had late chances to get a draw.

For Paul Merson though, he thinks ‘unlucky’ Newcastle will not see things improve in the near future.

Before taking on Manchester City on Wednesday, Rafa’s team travel to West Ham and Merson says ‘David Moyes is doing a great job’.

With plenty of investment in the team, including Hart, Arnautovic, Zabaleta and Hernandez in the summer, the expectations were that the Hammers would be doing far better than they had.

Moyes has picked up eight points in seven Premier League matches since taking over, although seven of those points did come in the last three matches against Chelsea, Arsenal and Stoke.

After a decent match against Arsenal, Paul Merson asks why Newcastle can’t do it ‘against clubs lower down the league?’.

Marko Arnautovic cost over £20m in the summer but had been very disappointing, only to be a key figure in this recent upturn, scoring the winner against Chelsea and another goal in the 3-0 win over his old club Stoke.

Merson thinks Newcastle won’t be able to handle the Austrian attacking player…

The return of Jamaal Lascelles to the defence has made it look a lot tighter and in only one of the 12 matches he has started, have Newcastle conceded more than one goal, whilst the five matches he played no part in have seen 15 goals leaked.

If Newcastle only concede one at the most, surely they can find at least one goal against a West Ham team that still isn’t great.

Paul Merson talking to Sky Sports:

“Newcastle put in a good performance against Arsenal and were unlucky.

“You look at games like that and think ‘if you can play like that against Arsenal, why not against clubs lower down the league?’

“You have to do it week-in-week-out, against teams around you.

West Ham are playing really well.

“They were outstanding against Stoke.

“I am not sure Newcastle will be able to handle Marko Arnautovic.

“David Moyes is doing a great job.

“Prediction is West Ham 2 Newcastle 0.”

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  • Leazes Ender

    Don’t give a hoot what this pundit thinks, he’s put there by BetVictor as part of advert.

    • Wor Lass

      … and he`s a complete and utter plonker.

      • Peaky Magpie

        Don’t know if it’s true or not but I’ve heard through whispers he likes the odd tipple now & again ? 😁😁😁

        • Wor Lass

          Maybe I should have said plonky!

          • Peaky Magpie


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    • Peaky Magpie

      Divvent worry Mark Lawrenson will be along soon.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        doesn`t take a genius to forecast Newcastle`s results

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    the problem is we can`t score goals & we won`t with what we have at the cloob.
    meanwhile Rafael is after another winger when we spent £18m this summer on wingers & £5m on a Duck Egg Striker.
    The madness continues

    • TheFatController

      Isn’t he after Kenedy, who can play anywhere on the left, including FB, where we only have Dummett and Haidara?

      Surely Kenedy would improve our LB options ? Or wouldn’t he? Plus he can play on the wing so that may come in handy…not sure why we wouldn’t sign him in loan, given we probably don’t have a lot for fees ?

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        we need a striker & apart from Dummy there`s Clark, Manquillo, Haidara, Mbemba
        how many full backs do you want & we already have 4 wingers when we have nothing up front, it doesn`t make sense

        • Wor Lass

          You forgot Gamez … but then again so did Rafa – as well as Mbemba!

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            Gamez the invisible man,
            i can see what`s going to happen in this window, next to nothing

      • Kev-82

        Maybe we could sign a LB to improve us at LB, Kenedy is a winger, who could cover LB at a push, we’ve already got a full back who thinks he’s a winger on the other side.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Take a deek at Merson, that`s how you`ll end up looking if you use

  • Kev-82

    Nothing unlucky about our form, we’ve deserved everything we’ve got.

  • Leazes Ender

    You really are taking United fans for mugs Mark.

  • wheyayeman

    Good grief, another article devoted to the Darling of the Mag – Paul Merson !!!!???!!

  • Mitros gotta start

    More drivel from the p155tank

  • fistsofsteel2

    We can’t score goals – and it’s little wonder when stubborn Rafa insists on playing his prize chump Joselu up front.